“As busy as they are with television, music, cooking, a new skincare line, and raising two children, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen hardly have time to oversee the restoration and combination of two contiguous New York penthouses,” per TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
According to the release, the power-duo is selling the two penthouse units they recently bought in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, which they planned to combine into one expansive residence spanning two floors, plus over 3,300 square feet of rooftop terraces.
Joined together, the finished penthouse would include a total of 6,164 square feet with six bedrooms and seven baths. A sky-high mansion, if you will.
It was a smart idea and one that some celebrities and people with deep pockets often do: buy two apartments in a trendy neighborhood, join them and end up with a mega residence that they feel matches their lifestyle.
As Mr. Legend told ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ "We've realized that because of work and everything, we're really mostly going to be in Los Angeles, so we're going to focus our home-building energy and renovation energy on what we're doing in L.A."
Spending the majority of their time in California, John and Chrissy made the choice to terminate the project, putting the apartments on the market at $18 million.
Still residing in Manhattan part-time, the “it” couple plans to look for another New York home that will require fewer renovations.
“The hardwood floors appear to be original, the windows are large and offer lots of daylight streaming through the rooms with neighborhood views.
A particularly interesting item is the bar with lighted translucency in front of the bar stools. A touch of urban-style rusticity is seen in boards on some walls and a large three-sided fireplace.
A unique touch is the glass-front wine cellar located under the stairwell. Skylights abound throughout and the landscaped roof terrace, with its own irrigation system and grill, is an ideal place to just hang out in the sunshine or entertain with a cookout,” the release describes.
Nolita, in Lower Manhattan, is on the border of all the sights and sounds that make the city such a captivating place. With ethnic dining, shopping, and weekend adentures, Nolita is the place to be right now.
Built in 1900, the Brewster Carriage House is directly across the street from Little Italy and three city blocks from Chinatown, making it a great destination for cultural exploration.
As the New York Daily News put it, “There is a reason Nolita stays a cut of cool above the rest. It's sophisticated, fashionable, and a bastion of serenity at the crossroads of urban chaos.”
It’s an enchanting place to people watch and it’s rumored that on any day one might see one of the Olsen twins perusing the shops. Wearing all black, obviously.
Listing agents are Noble Black, Jennifer Stillman, David Son, and Corinne Cahlon, all of Douglas Elliman, New York City.
Photography by: Tina Gallo for Douglas Elliman